OPINION: Group Calls for BLM to Give Shelter to Nevada Horses


       Jetara Séhart

PHOTO: MARJORIE LYNNE WAGNER , Surface temperature of sun drenched ground reads 164 degrees on July 1st, 2013 at approximately 3:20 PM. within the BLM Wild horse holding facility PALOMINO VALLEY CENTER, NEVADA

Thermometer 164 degreesPALOMINO VALLEY, (Nevada) – High Desert sun relentlessly shines upon 1800 plus warehoused wild horses and burros enclosed within BLM shadeless pens where horses are offered no escape from triple degree dangerous heat.

Dr. Lester Friedlander, former Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA, and veterinarian for the NY State Horse Racing and Wagering Board,  WARNED in a letter sent to Congressman (Raul) Grijalva , in a statement for NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION and to BLM PVC Director , Jeb Beck :

In a letter posted June 13, he wrote,  “conditions at the Palomino Valley Center call for “emergency action” by the Federal government to ensure the safety of the animals.  He says if the horses and burros are not properly protected from the heat and sun,  ”countless numbers will be lost to disease, infections and heat-related deaths.”

NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION offered four times to donate materials and raise funding to erect shelters to alleviate heat related painful suffering and death for Palomino Valley Center BLM warehoused horses, but the BLM refused to accept donations and claims horses do not need shade, because they are wild.

To deny native wild horses needed protection from elements is hypocritical, because the BLM Mustang adoption requirements include, that a 3 sided shelter must be provided.

Today, Director Beck, still has not created veterinarian called for shelter and instead installed some sprinklers to mitigate heat and the horses within his care and management are suffering and dying.

 On June 25th NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION alerted Director Beck:

“In upcoming temperatures at Palomino Valley Holding facility, when 104 degrees is reached, in full sun the horses there, will be standing upon barren soil, whose temperature will reach approx. 146 degrees and for wild horses of all ages including foals or yearlings who may need to lay down, this situation is intolerable and inhumane. Certainly no human or animal should be made to stand or reside in full Sun in temperatures of 90+ degrees, without shelter.”


Marjorie Lynne Wagner, a wild horse advocate states of her visit and experience : “My visit to Palomino Valley Holding Facility on July 1, 2013 was a gut wrenching experience. The extreme 105 degree temperature overwhelmed me within minutes. When I tested the ground temperature with the new Ryobi Infrared Thermometer, I was shocked to see how high it read, with a reading of up to 164 degrees. None of the workers were outside for the entire time we were there, leaving me to wonder, “Where is the care they are being paid to provide?” One pen on the South side had insufficient water for so many horses. With only one trough, we noticed the larger stronger horses were guarding the water and not allowing the others to drink. There must be an immediate intervention on to prevent a large number of losses. The BLM claims that 4 have died but we were not able to view the “sick pens” and can only surmise what the situation is there.”

Terri Farley of Authoring Change interviewed BLM’s Director Jeb Beck, who reported

Dead Mustangs: between June 28th and July 8th  four horses died or were euthanized.

“1.  Mare in pen with other horses in preparation for hoof trimming presented with “wobbles” one morning, meaning there was swelling around spinal chord, possible neck fracture. She was euthanized.

 2.  Horse died of Bastard Strangles (different from standard Strangles because it presents in body, not neck), 2 weeks post-diagnosis and treatment 

 3.   Yearling from video “passed overnight” and was found dead in her pen on the morning of July 2. Her body was removed by 8:30 am July 2.

“Unless there’s clinical signs of cause of death, horses have to be listed as undiagnosed,” said Beck.

 4.  3-year-old was found dead.  Cause of death undiagnosed.

“No animals have passed since July 2,” said Beck. “

Concern is mounting along with Native Wild Horse ProtectionStraight From the Horse’s HeartProtect Mustangs and Yea! Youths’ Equine Alliance are echoing an urgent plea for the Palomino Valley Center and all BLM wild horse holding facilities to provide needed shelter and care for all BLM warehoused horses and burros to alleviate imminent danger and deaths; or to return native wild horses to freedom.

Within the wild horse community and general public some unaware wild horses remain here in America, now learning about the BLM wrongful removal and unnecessary inhumane treatment of captive wild horses and burros express outrage in Tweet Storms to DOI Secretary Sally Jewell, requesting her immediate address to save America’s wild horses and burros from caused and unnecessary suffering and death.

A twelve year old wild horse advocate Robin Warren, founder of Yea Equine Youth Alliance, joined NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION Gimme Shelter Campaign and circled more support with a GIMME SHELTER Change.org petition to DOI Secretary Sally Jewell. Change.org saw this petition and helped notify Warren’s supporters as well as larger audiences. Within the last 24 hours, the youth’s petition inspired more then 10,000 people to join the Gimme Shelter Campaign.


A beautiful native wild horse filly, “Lil Angel” lies lifeless within a sun baked BLM pen, a grave travesty, that help and needed respite did not arrive in time to save her.


The horses gather in tribute and concern for “Lil Angel” laying upon the hot earth, BLM Palomino valley Center, Nevada July 2, 2013


CONDITIONS to be met to better ensure chance of survival for Palomino Valley Center Native wild horses and Burros, or open the gates and return native wild horses to freedom to increase and honor ability to survive :

 1. shelter shade to be erected and accessible for all Palomino Valley Center warehoused horses

 2. removal of molded and mud caked hay

 3. quarantine of horses with contagious diseases (to a safe pen with shelter and adequate water

 4. medical address of injuries 

 5. provide at least two water troughs within each pen 

NATIVE WILD HORSE PROTECTION member Coleen Denson contacted local animal welfare agencies to seek help and was informed Nevada does not require “live stock” to receive shelter or shade, even if live stock are suffering or dying from lack there of. Although our Native Wild Horses and Burros may be considered “live stock” by Nevada Law, they also are federally protected by LAW Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act 1971 and are awarded by Congress not to be harassed, harmed or killed, this shall include deliberate death causing neglect.


Most pens hold 60+ horses they are provided only 1 water trough.

GIMME SHELTER: BLM’s Broken Arrow breaks hearts, spirits and bodies too.

BLM closed doors to the public shortly after this horrific truth was seen. “Little Feather” aka “Sorro” a native wild horse who died of hunger and apparent neglect,

was euthanized and died behind BLM bars at Broken Arrow facility, in Fallon, Nevada in 2010.

“In May of 2010, during a public tour on a blistering hot day at BLM’s wild horse & burro holding facility “Broken Arrow”, I and many others, witnessed this tiny emaciated foal standing at the fence line, seeming to plead for help. His alleged mother was nudging him closer to us. I was shocked at his condition and felt so helpless being unable to assist this precious baby. Terri Farley, informed me the next day, Little Feather, aka Sorro, was euthanized. I never did witness any shelter at this facility to protect near two thousand horses, and the many foals & burros.” Cat Kindsfather, Wild Horse Advocate and Photographer



Inconsistency of wild horse management within BLM facilities is perplexing and problematic, in Ridgecrest, Ca. BLM facility some shelter for wild horses is provided and more shelter is said to be erected, but many BLM facilities provide no shelter for warehoused horses and at these facilities such as BLM’s Palomino Valley Center and Broken Arrow facility in Nevada management denies wild horse’s obvious need for shade. BLM failed and costly management is killing America’s native wild horses.

What will it take for BLM’s Palomino Valley Center and other BLM facilities to create needed simple shelter to protect wild horses from heat related suffering and death?

The last of America’s native wild horses and burros are suffering and dying and need Secretary Sally Jewell today to provide needed shade and care, or return native wild horses and burros to freedom to survive. America’s great treasure the wild horse cannot await NAS sweeping reform to be implemented.

WHAT YOU CAN DO to help:
Please Tweet DOI: Secretary Sally Jewell and ask her to create shelter now for horses 2 survive in BLM PVC & Broken Arrow NV ~ ~ or open the gates and set these horses free, where in nature they may find shade.
@SecretaryJewell Pls c Native Wild #horses rcv immed shade BLM PVC& BRKN ARRW NV ~2 prevent fatalities
And Nevada Governor Sandoval:
@GovSandoval Pls c Native Wild #horses rcv immed shade BLM Palomino Valley Center & Broken Arrow Nevada ~2 prevent fatalities www.nativewildhorseprotection.com

24 comments for “OPINION: Group Calls for BLM to Give Shelter to Nevada Horses

  1. July 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    So this is what BLM “saves” the wild horses and burros from when they contract their cruel helicopter removals. Such a lie! This shall not stand the Light of Day!

  2. Carolyn Holloway
    July 14, 2013 at 6:29 am

    If words can not help these animals then someone should turn them loose. This is the worst cruelty ever! If we did this to one of our horses we would be in jail for 5 years and loose all assets!
    Enough is enough. Someone Do Something!

  3. Liberty For Horses
    July 14, 2013 at 2:22 am

    You can add Liberty for Horses to echoing an urgent plea! The horse that died on July 2nd was named Shadow. I named her that because I found her poor lifeless body in the shadows of the other horses. I took the pictures of her that day before they removed her. Jim Hart

  4. Daryl
    July 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Seems to be more and more abuse is turning up all the time, these animals need the vet , I thought there was one on the site? When they are sick they need help from a human. If they need meds they need it them, most of all they need clean feed, Hay , water and enough water for all the those to drink and help cool them, the biggie is shelter, roof of some kind to give shade or keep the rain and sleet and snow off of them, I have to have it if I was to adopt one , they should have to have one to keep them in jail and to have so many of them in one place. The law has to work both ways. WELL IT SHOULD !

  5. July 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Give them back their right to life and they will take care of themselves ! We the taxpayers, do not need to spend 6 million dollars plus, rounding up and then keeping them in feed lot type pens where they can only stand and bake to death ! Then buying food for and providing water and shade from the extreme heat and shelter in the winter months as well. It will cost way more than that when this madness is done if they were to provide them with what they truly need ! So much damage has been done to these horses they deserve to have their dignity restored to them and be set free once and for all. This is beyond inhumane and cruel, they have done nothing wrong,yet have had their families completely torn apart by the ALMIGHTY GREED OF MAN. The Public demands that this stop NOW !

  6. July 13, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Kudos to Monika Courtney for creating and mobilizing the “Gimme Shelter” campaign when this first became an issue!!

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Yes many thanks to Monika Coutney! Without her work behind the scenes we would not have known about the campaign or the BLM’s refusal to accept offers of help. Denise D.

  7. chloe T (Canada)
    July 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    all animals should have the proper care in captivity

  8. serafina
    July 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    BLM should be up on animal cruelty why are they exempt when it come to animal torture they won’t even allow help for these poor horses and burros when it is free!! What is wrong with these people were they born without a heart or brain?
    I think all the time of the horses and burro’s that are suffering endlessly in the blazing sun and burning heat what have they done wrong to be so ignored and hated so much?
    If BLM does not know how to look after them then they need to set them free this is horrendous stop this NOW! Please charge all involved!

  9. July 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Please help there is no need for these horse to suffer like this.

  10. July 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    This is so wrong…the BLM does nothing to help these helpless animals and only cause them suffering…words are not working…it is time for an all out revolt…these wildhorses need help and since Sally Jewell doesn’t give a damn then it is time for the American people to bring truck and trailers and wire cuttters to remove these animals from the BLM jails…might have to bring some back-up too..

  11. Margaret
    July 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    PVC stopped weekend adoptions in part to save money. I have a better idea. Give the horses shade and the windbreaks they need for winter and TURN OFF the AC! Make employees work outside. If they can’t handle the heat well neither can the horses.

    And while I’ve never actually seen a sunburned horse–if I can sunburn so can the horses.

    I say enough with the beaurocratic red tape bs that BLM spills on folks.

    I raised this same issue with my Congressman a couple days ago when notified that next week that Sally Jewel has to go before the whole Natural Resources board. I suggest that you write you Congresspeople and tell them what is going on. My Congressman happens to be on this committee but most of his work is about Medicare and such. Important but for the first time I have hope–that my letter may have been written in time for him to read it and digest it. Form some very telling questions.

    At the least if BLM is unwilling to erect shade then the horses should be removed from their care.

    I hate that I can’t adopt all these horses and turn them loose somewhere in a big field.

  12. Christine Minky
    July 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    What’s wrong with our government? Taking our wild equines and putting them in un-natural settings and expecting our wild equines to provide for themselves? Come on wake up, can we live without shelter or water in extreme heat! Please set our wild equines “FREE”…Stop these senseless round-ups!

  13. michelle gulley
    July 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Leave our wild ones with water and resources like food and shelter — or leave them the hell alone and where they can all freely adequately FIND water/food/shelter. Why keep what one does not take care of/supports. This is an outrage!

  14. Mandy Finan
    July 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    In the wild, the mustangs find their own food, water and shelter. YOU have taken their ability to provide themselves with these basic survival requirements therefore you have two choices: Either provide them EACH AND EVERY ONE with these requirements or SET THEM FREE right back where they were happily living before you intervened. Saying they do not need shelter because they are wild is like saying they do not need water because they are wild. Food, water and shelter. Every living creature needs it. STOP THE CRUELTY NOW.

    • Marion Mohrman
      July 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      I agree with Mandy Finan, they will have a better chance of survival if you set them free. Nature will either allow hem to survive or the weakened ones will die.
      Live free or Die!!

  15. Sheryl Barnes
    July 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Yes> Set them free or take care of them as you would have adopters take care of them. Where’s the oversight?

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    July 12, 2013 at 11:51 am


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  21. Kelly Settle
    July 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Set them free since adequate care cannot be provided.

    • Marion Mohrman
      July 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      I agree, set them free since adequate care cannot be provided.

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